To legitimize something is to make it legal. Sometimes people use the word to refer to the act of giving something the appearance of being legitimate.

  • The government legitimized the terrorist group by giving them a voice.

  • The president legitimized the war by saying that it was necessary.

Definition of legitimizes


make legal


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Example Sentences for legitimizes

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    Traditional law is still in use and legitimized by the Namibian constitution.

  • 2

    Are these helpful to legitimize the page

  • 3

    Did that legitimize the interpretation

  • 4

    The third is legitimately mathematical.

  • 5

    It's a laconic item that is legitimate in the article.

  • 6

    Is the current definition legitimately questioned

  • 7

    The block is legitimate given the circumstances.

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    The history of science is a legitimate adjunct to it.

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    The policy behind the list is legitimate.

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    It was on the point of domicile that John's legitimation failed.